Kansas City, Mo. - The No. 18 ranked Saint Xavier University women's basketball team has received a No. 5 seed for next week's 2013 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa, when the seeds and pairings for the event were officially released by the NAIA national office Wednesday evening. The 32-team, single-elimination tournament is divided into four, eight-team brackets with teams seeded one through eight based off the final NAIA Ratings Poll released earlier this afternoon. The Cougars match up against No. 4 seed Saint Thomas University (Fla.) in first-round action on Wednesday, March 6, and will kick off the entire tournament with a scheduled 8:30 a.m. (central) tip-off at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Saint Thomas University (Fla.) comes into the NAIA National Championship boasting a 27-3 overall record and also received one of the 11 at-large bids to play at the National Championship. The Bobcats had their 15-game win streak snapped in the semifinals of the Sun Conference Championships after a 64-61 loss to Webber International (Fla.).
Saint Xavier finished the season posting a 24-6 overall record. SXU fell in the quarterfinal round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament to Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB), 70-64. However, SXU still received an at-large bid for the NAIA National Championships due to its national ranking. This marks the 11th straight season that SXU has advanced to the NAIA National Championships, which begins on Wednesday, March 6. Saint Xavier has advanced to the second round in five of the past seven seasons.
Click here to see the entire bracket for the 2013 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship.